Take the $4.50 challenge for Hunger Action Week

$4.50 is the daily food budget of the average food stamps recipient.

September 20 through 25 is Hunger Action Week, and United Way of Silicon Valley is challenging you to eat on a food stamps budget. The average Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP, or “food stamps”) recipient, which includes nearly 40 million Americans, is budgeted $4.50 per day for food. The $4.50 per day challenge is meant to raise awareness of the difficulty of subsisting on such a small budget, and encourage us to donate or volunteer with programs that provide food for the needy. In addition to the $4.50 Challenge, United Way is suggesting 4 more ways to take action against hunger, to make 5 ways in 5 days.

Even if you’re reading this on Monday, it’s not too late to take the challenge. You can sign up for anywhere between 1 and 5 days. Visit the registration page to sign up. You can also get some suggestions for how to keep on budget from the getting started guide. I’m taking the challenge, and I’ll let you know how it goes here on San Jose Metblogs.

2 Comments so far

  1. Poppy Pembroke (unregistered) on September 20th, 2010 @ 10:57 am

    I’m taking the challenge! After shopping for the week with $22.50, I realized I didn’t end up with any milk or breakfast items, so this is off to an interesting start today. Good Luck –


  2. Matt Bruensteiner (thephoton) on September 20th, 2010 @ 11:16 am

    Ah yes, planning ahead is key. I meant to cook up a pound of dry beans last night, but then one thing after another came up, so there goes my menu for dinner tonight…



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